Lee smashes club record in 50-miler

Paul Hodgkinson of Matlock Cycling Club.
Paul Hodgkinson of Matlock Cycling Club.

The Burton and District Cycling Association held its annual 50-mile time-trial on Saturday with a Matlock Cycling Club rider enjoying a record-breaking day out.

The course was the notoriously quick A50 Etwall course with riders heading out to Blythe Bridge and back.

Near-perfect conditions meant that many riders – some of who had travelled from all over the country to compete in the main field – set new personal best times.

Matlock Cycling Club’s Lee Shunburne recorded a new personal best time of 1hour 48 minutes and nine seconds. Shunburne smashed the Matlock club record – previously held by Doug Forester - for the 50-mile distance and managed to finish in third place.

South Pennine’s Charles Taylor won the Association Event. Taylor finished in a remarkable 1 hour 43 minutes and 36 seconds.

The main field who were not contesting the Association title had many of Britain’s top time-triallists taking part.

Such were the conditions that Jeff Jones of Chippenham Wheelers set an astonishing time of 1hour 39 minutes and 3 seconds to take the overall victory. His time was one of the fastest ever recorded for the distance.

Matlock Cycling Club’s evening time-trials have reverted to the five-mile Ashford course, and the 7.4-mile Short Hilly course this week.

In the Ashford race, Patrick Gould returned to winning ways, having won many of the early season events during springtime.

Gould clocked a time of 11 minutes and 11 seconds, averaging just shy of 27mph.

Youth rider Patrick Smart had one of his best results to date as he recorded a superb time of 11 minutes and 56 seconds to finish in second spot from the 17 starters.

Smart’s time was just five seconds off his personal best, and only the second time he’s gone under the 12-minute milestone.

Gareth Ferguson finished in third place in a time of 12 minutes and 19 seconds, with the inform youth rider Tom Colton finishing in fourth with a new personal best time of 12 minutes and 20 seconds.

Diane Lee was the fastest female rider on the night – finishing in sixth place overall in a time of 12 minutes and 41 seconds.

Meanwhile, veteran rider Paul Hodgkinson took his second win of the season as he powered his way to a comfortable victory in Matlock’s Short Hilly time-trial.

Hodgkinson recorded a time of 22 minutes and four seconds to take the win, being the only rider on the night to average over 20mph.

Second place went to the in-form Diane Lee who finished in a time of 22 minutes and 32 seconds.

Stephen Booth and Andrew Briggs both set season’s best times to finish in third and fourth positions at the event with times of 22:47 and 23:09 respectively.